News

Unemployment Eases in Illinois

Unemployment Eases in Illinois

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Illinois’ unemployment rate continued its downward trend in May.

After falling half a percentage point to 7.9 percent in April, the rate fell to 7.5 percent in May, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. IDES director Jay Rowell says that’s a historic drop.

“This is the largest two-month drop since this data series begin 38 years ago in 1976,” Rowell said. “So this is a very encouraging sign that the economy is improving.

Rowell says the state’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest level since November 2008, though it’s still above the national average of 6.3 percent. Illinois can now say its beating one of its neighboring states when it comes to unemployment, as Kentucky’s rate held at 7.7 percent in May.

The total number of unemployed people in Illinois dropped 4.6 percent to 492,400, though that only includes those who are actively seeking work

Recent Headlines

in Local

Christie Pledges More Money to Rauner Campaign

Rauner and Christie

Christie says the Republican Governors Association will pledge more money to Rauner's campaign.

in Local

Winnebago County Faces Budget Shortfall, Considers Hiring Freeze

Winnebago Co Seal

A northern Illinois county may put a freeze on all hiring to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. Winnebago County…

in Local

Those with Epilepsy Added to List of Patients Who Can Use Medical Marijuana in Illinois

medical marijuana

Children with epilepsy also approved for medical marijuana in a non-smokable form.

in Local

Kirk: Hines VA Hospital Problems Getting Worse

va-logo

Senator recommends criminal investigation

in Local

Spaulding Launch Closed This Weekend

cwlp

Crews ensuring fuel cleaned up